Supports Scatec’s power plant in Brazil with USD 71m in guarantees

Scatec ASA is building the 531MW solar power plant in Rio Grande do Norte state in north-eastern Brazil together with partners Equinor and Hydro Energy’s renewables arm, Hydro Rein. The plant will give Hydro Energy’s Alunorte refinery access to renewable energy for alumina production by supplying 1.2TW of power, and provide electricity to more than 600,000 Brazilian homes.

Scatec builds a solar power plant in Mendubim, Brazil. Photo: Scatec

About Scatec

Scatec is a leading renewable energy solutions provider, accelerating access to reliable and affordable clean energy in emerging markets. As a long-term player, the company develops, builds, owns and operates renewable energy plants, with 4.6 GW in operation and under construction across four continents today. Scatec is committed to grow its renewable energy capacity, delivered by its 700 passionate employees and partners who are driven by a common vision of ‘Improving our Future’. Scatec is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ‘SCATC’.

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Key factor in international expansion

Construction is underway at the 531 MW Mendubim power plant, with the three partners each taking a 33.33% ownership stake. Scatec will be responsible for plant operation and maintenance alongside its partners.

Eksfin provides guarantees totalling up to USD 71m for the project’s realisation. Eksfin’s provision of risk reduction financing has been a key factor in Scatec’s international expansion since 2010.  

Power purchase agreement

Alunorte is located in the state of Pará and delivers alumina to Norsk Hydro plants both in Norway and globally. The refinery has signed up to buy around 60% of the offtake of the new plant, making it key to Norsk Hydro’s goal to reduce emissions related to aluminium production by 30% by 2030. The remaining volume from the plant will be sold in the Brazilian power market.   

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Risk reduction decisive for loan finance

Eksfin’s guarantees enable commercial banks to extend their support for Norwegian exporters. In this project, Eksfin is supporting Scatec with advance payment and performance guarantees, as well as equity guarantees, and payment guarantees which serve to secure that construction of the plant is executed as contracted.

The plant is Scatec’s second in Brazil, the first being the Apodi solar plant in the city of Quixeré, for which Eksfin also provided guarantee financing.

Scatec is today one of the world’s leading renewable energy solutions providers and we have been co-operating closely for over a decade. I would like to congratulate Scatec, along with Hydro Energy and Equinor, on this latest important project in Brazil. It secures Norwegian exports, which is Eksfin’s primary mandate, with the added benefit of significant emissions reduction and renewable power generation for Brazilian industry and households.
Tone Lunde Bakker, CEO of Eksfin

Strong support for expansion in growing sector

Eksfin’s provision of risk reduction financing has been a key factor in Scatec’s international expansion since 2010. In addition to Brazil, Eksfin has up to now provided more than 900 million USD in guarantees financing for Scatec solar plants in other emerging markets including South Africa, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Honduras, and Ukraine.

The world needs more renewable energy than ever before. Support from strong financial partners such as Eksfin is essential to assist us on our mission to scale up renewables in emerging markets. The Mendubim project is a key milestone for us in our focus market Brazil, and we expect the solar energy market in the country to further accelerate.
Terje Pilskog, CEO of Scatec